Franklin County received its official charter on May 10, 1795, by act of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The newly formed county was created from portions of Mercer, Shelby, and Woodford counties and named for Benjamin Franklin, early American patriot, inventor, diplomat, and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Located in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky with the state capital of Frankfort at its center, Franklin County has something for everyone, from the covered bridge at Switzer, to the natural beauty of the Kentucky River and Elkhorn Creek. There are rolling acres of bluegrass, farmland, distilleries, museums, and a wonderfully diverse selection of festivals, celebrations, and special events.
Our Community offers a wide range of employment and educational opportunities. Government and industry provide a diverse mix and stable economy for workers. The local school systems give students a wide range of choice in their education. Kentucky State University offers opportunities for higher education in a historic yet culturally diverse atmosphere. Our libraries are havens for casual readers, scholars, and genealogists.
Franklin County is a wonderful place to live, work and visit. Its rich heritage and history insure that both residents and visitors find a welcoming atmosphere. Please explore our website and enjoy all that our community has to offer.